INDIANAPOLIS - The Indy Fuel, proud ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League's Chicago Blackhawks and the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs, announced Tuesday their 21-man roster for the 2018 Kelly Cup Playoffs. The Fuel will open their Central Division Semifinal series with the Toledo Walleye with Games 1 and 2 at Huntington Center this Friday and Sunday, before returning to Indiana Farmers Coliseum for Game 3 Wednesday, April 18.
Indy enters the first playoff series in franchise history with 12 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders. The complete Fuel playoff roster is as follows:
Forwards (12): Alex Wideman, Mathew Thompson, Darian Dziurzynski, Matt Rupert, Ryan Rupert, Johnny McInnis, Josh Shalla, Logan Nelson, Michael Neal, Nathan Noel, Matheson Iacopelli (reserve), Tommy Olczyk (reserve)
Defensemen (7): Brandon Anselmini, Robin Press, Riley Sweeney, Jack Burton, Zach Miskovic, Jaynen Rissling, Garrett Clarke
Goaltenders (2): Étienne Marcoux, Colton Phinney
Playoff Eligible List (3): Radovan Bondra (F), Collin Delia (G), Matt Tomkins (G)
(Click to view roster as PDF)
Per the ECHL, Playoff Rosters consist of a maximum of 23 Players - a 20-man active roster and a three-man reserve list. Upon submission of its Playoff Roster, each Member is required to include:
1. a minimum of 19 active, available (i.e. not injured or on recall) Players; and
2. a list of all other Players who meet the Playoff Roster Eligibility requirements, but who are unavailable at the time that Playoff Rosters are due to the League Office due to recall to the AHL or NHL. The Playoff Eligible List may only list Players who are unavailable due to recall. All other players (i.e. injured Players) must be listed on a Member's initial Playoff Roster (active roster or reserve list) in order to participate in the Playoffs.
Throughout the Playoffs, but prior to the start of the Conference Finals, as the recalled Players listed on a Member's Playoff Eligible List become available (due to assignment, release from PTO or their respective AHL teams' seasons having ended), Members shall be permitted to supplement their initial Playoff Rosters with Players listed on their Playoff Eligible Lists, up to a maximum of 23 Players total. Once a Member has named a total of 23 Players to its Playoff Roster, or the Conference Finals have begun (whichever comes first), the Member's Playoff Roster shall be fixed for the duration of the Playoffs (barring emergency conditions).
A Player who has finished the Regular Season on Injured Reserve may still be named to a Member's 23-man Playoff Roster and will be eligible to participate in the Playoffs once his full IR time has been completed (provided all other playoff eligibility requirements have been satisfied). Once a Player has fully completed his remaining IR time, he may be activated and placed on the Member's Active Roster.
Emergency conditions shall be established when the playing strength of the Member, by reason of injury, illness, recall or suspension by the League, is reduced below two (2) goalkeepers and sixteen (16) skaters. However, should a Member release a Player(s) from its Playoff Roster, its emergency conditions will drop by the same number as the Players they release. Only amateur Players may be signed and added to the Active Roster under emergency conditions.
It's time to #FindYourNextGear and cheer on the Indy Fuel during the 2018 Kelly Cup Playoffs! The Central Division Semifinals shift to Indiana Farmers Coliseum for Game 3 on Wednesday, April 18, as the Fuel take on the Toledo Walleye. Be part of the first playoff appearance in Fuel history by picking up your tickets at IndyFuelHockey.com or at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum box office. Don't miss a second of the action during the 2018 Kelly Cup Playoffs - follow the Fuel on Twitter and Instagram (@IndyFuel) and ‘Like' the Fuel on Facebook.
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